Do you remember the game Dragon’s Lair? Those who are familiar with it are probably going to remember the great graphics banjos food and how much it reminded them of popular animated films. Well, if you like Dragon’s Lair chances are that you are going to also like Banjo the Woodpile Cat, one of the cutest iPod touch games available.
As it is with any game, there are going to be things that are good and things that are not so good. Let’s go with the good aspects first. First of all, the motion of the game is very fluid motion, the actors which are used for the voices are good, and the music that is used is very professional. It’s based on a short cartoon which Don Bluth made thirty years ago.
Now let’s go to the aspects of the game which may make some players frustrated. First of all, the story can be confusing to some people due to the choppy scenes. The game stars out with Banjo going after chickens, then we see him trying to convince his sisters to join him jumping off the chicken coop. It’s quite possible that some of the scenes may have been cut or lost.
Something else that people may not like about the game is that there isn’t a lot of interaction . The only time you are going to do something in the game is when you see an object or there is a place on the ground which is lit up by a light. When one of these two things happen, you then have to touch it as quickly as possible. If you are successful, the game is going to proceed. If you fail, you are subjected to a scene which has nothing to do with the story.
Being a cat, Banjo begins with having nine lives. Most of the scenes are only going to have a few touch points, so it’s not going to be too difficult to get through them. If you have to stop playing and return to the game at a later time, you can return to the scene that you were last in. Another nice thing is that if you quit the game, your lives are refilled.
There are people who are going to be scratching their head once they finish the third scene(where poor Banjo is sent to get his dad a switch) and the fourth scene shows Banjo sneaking on a truck so that he can go to Salt Lake City. Huh? Did I miss something here?
After that third scene, the game kind of goes downhill and isn’t worth it. There are a lot of bugs that have yet to be worked out and the frustration that you feel after completing the third scene just isn’t worth it. If you want to know how the adventure ends, you can always try to find the original cartoon and download it on your iPod touch. That way the story is enjoyable without having to worry about looking out for stuff to touch.
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